Dr. Christiane Northrup: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
Airs Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. on KPBS TV
“I've devoted the first half of my life and at least thirty years of my life studying and documenting and footnoting everything that can go wrong with the female human body, and I know why it happens. I'm dedicating the rest of my life to teaching you everything that can go RIGHT with the female human body!” - Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Chakras: A Roadmap To Vibrant Health
Chakras are the primary organs of your body’s subtle energy system, and they correspond with and affect seven specific energy centers in your physical body. These energy centers connect your nerves, hormones, and emotions. Their locations run parallel to the body’s neuroendocrine-immune system and form a link between your vibrational anatomy and your physical anatomy. Chakras also act as transformers that take refined emotional, psychological, and spiritual information and distribute it to your cells. Each of the seven chakras of the human body are the same for women and men, and are associated with specific organ systems as well as your life’s circumstances. Read an overview of each of the chakras.
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With that proclamation at the end of segment one, Dr. Christiane Northrup sums up what her goal is for viewers of her seventh public broadcasting special: she is taking them on a journey to discover a completely new and inspiring lens through which to envision and achieve their best health.
"Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" is for any woman, of any age, who wants to change her relationship with her body, inside and out. The content of the show is based on the updated and revised fourth edition of the book of the same title (release date by Random House: May, 2010) – the same book that shot to the top of the NY Times best-seller list back in 1994, and remains THE reference book for women's health which incorporates Northrup's original mind/body approach to the female body.
Dr. Northrup provides an overview of where women's health is today: based on disease screening, women's bodies have become medicalized, and this is illustrated with a humorous but thought-provoking graphic of the female body with caution signage, skull and crossbones, and danger signals. We learn astounding statistics: maternal mortality rate has doubled in the last 20 years -- considered an unacceptable level – as the C-section rate in many American hospitals has gone from 30 percent to 50 percent. One out of three women over 40 have hysterectomies (“can you imagine that percentage of men having their testicles removed?” she asks an appreciative audience).
The basis for Northrup's new rubric for health is encapsulated in one word: flourishing. “Normal is not healthy, and adequate is not optimal,” she explains. "Optimal health is our birthright –and we must take responsibility for it. [Flourishing] starts with the idea that your own power to get and stay well is far greater than the government's, than your doctor's, than your nurse practitioner's, than your acupuncturist's, than your insurance company's,” she explains. Fundamentally, she wants women to rejoice in their bodies, and make the choices of health over suffering. “The central outmoded belief at the heart of women's health , or what we call women's health, is that the organs and the processes of your body were designed to cause you suffering and pain, and because beliefs become biology, that is the experience of millions and millions of women.”
With inspiring quotes, she sets the stage for the rest of the program, which will change that belief and experience for viewers. As she explains, “...the processes of the female body are imbued with wisdom that connects you with your inner guidance.” And so we will learn just how women's bodies, and women's wisdom are truly intertwined.